BC's Best Shorts

VSFF 2009 Judges

Kryshan Randel


Kryshan has directed over fifty short films, including the award winners The Bully SolutionGlimpse, and The Secret Life of Cassandra Brown; and produced and directed the first season of the variety show television series Talent Time. Kryshan is also the creator and producer of the successful Vancouver-based fast film events The 24 Hour Film Contest and The Great Canadian Commercial Contest; and Associate Producer of the city's premier short film-related event Crazy8s. Currently, Kryshan is writing several features, teaching film at the Kaleidoscope Film Program, and directing a variety of projects. Many of Kryshan's films and other projects can be viewed at www.kryshanrandel.com.

Ryan Catherwood


Ryan is the owner of Ride With The Tide Productions and Films Talk Entertainment. He is currently in post-production on his first feature length documentary and is the Executive Producer of both the Rain City Noir and Laughing Stock Comedy 72 Hour Film Competitions.  He also works for ProVision Sales and Rentals, which keeps him up to date on all of the new HD Cameras hitting the ever-changing market.  Ryan is dedicated to working in a Vancouver Film Industry as an event producer and filmmaker and can’t wait to see what the next generation of filmmakers will do with the new technology and new media for Canadian cinema.

Kate Green


Kate Green brings over 13 years of experience working in the theatre, film and television industry as a producer, director, writer, and actor. While having worked in both fiction and non-fiction genres, Kate has been able to focus her talents and experience to create well rounded, intriguing, quality programming. Kate’s range of work from Documentaries like Raid the North Extreme (GLOBAL) to comedic short films like Crosswords, and working as an assistant director on the reality television series  Crash Test Mommy (SLICE NETWORK), or as a Story Coordinator for Omni Lifestyle have only strengthened her ability to shape and create stories that engage the viewer.

As a Producer and Writer on Season 13 & 14 of The New Driver’s Seat (CITY TV & CHUM), an automotive review show, and as a Director and Producer on the high action Canadian Rally Championships (CITY TV & CHUM), Kate also brings a unique understanding to the production and creation of live action reality and automotive television.

Having just completed directing six episodes of the travel series Discovering Great Towns, Kate is now Producing and working diligently to complete post production on Andrew Whites documentary Singing on The Edge.

Julia Kwan


Julia Kwan is a Vancouver based filmmaker who attended the Canadian Film Centre, where she made her short, Three Sisters on Moon Lake.  In 2005, Ms. Kwan made her feature film debut with Eve & The Fire Horse, based on her Writer’s Guild of Canada award-winning script.  The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and its international premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Prize for World Cinema.  In 2007, Kwan won the Claude Jutra Award for Best First Feature Director and received five nominations, including Best Supporting Actor and Actress, at the Genie Awards.

Sue Biely


Sue Biely is an accomplished leader and member of the independent media community. She has over 12 years of varied domestic and international experience in administration, advocacy, curation, management and forward thinking in the areas of funding, producing, broadcasting, new media, public speaking, education and event co-ordination. Sue is a dynamic and passionate professional who is able to cross pollinate between worlds and motivate people to think outside the box.

Sue’s career trajectory has included heading the Development Department at British Columbia Film in the late 90’s. Then Sue discovered her love of short form content during her 3.5 year stint with CBC's award winning multi-platform alternative arts series, ZeD, where as the Acquisitions Editor she lead a team who licensed over 700 domestic and foreign films for national broadcast. She buffed up her understanding of the new media world with 3 years as Director of Business Development & Social Responsibility with the new media entity The Nimble Company.

Having attended over 30 film festivals, sat on juries for 6 national and international festivals and made presentations to the likes of The Danish Film Institute, Cork Short Film Symposium, Worldwide Short Film Festival, Atlantic Filmmakers Coop, Real Screen, BC Film, Nova Scotia Film, The Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, On Screen Manitoba, New Media Manitoba, Atlantic Filmmakers Coop, Cineworks, CineVic, The National Screen Institute, The Yukon Film Society and St John's Women's Film Festival, Sue enjoys facilitating education, promoting cultural work, supporting talent and networking between communities.

In 2009, Sue created curriculum and co-coordinated a three day seminar called Global Business Strategies targeted for film & television company owners with an eye towards future business and convergence planning. This initiative was sponsored by BC Film, CFTPA BC Branch and CHRC (Cultural Human Resources Canada). Sue has also sat on the Advisory Board for SuperU and Co-Facilitated the 10th Annual Media That Matters conference. Sue also returned to the CFC’s WorldWide Short Film Festival as Symposium Producer for the festival’s four day Symposium.

Additionally, Sue is provides Business Development Support for the 10 year-old Crazy8s Short Film Initiative in Vancouver and is part of a 3 person field research team who are travelling to shoe-string communities in Northern British Columbia to see how youth culture is being affected by digital media for a series concept called DocJam. On a grass roots level Sue has championed the Projections and Intersections projects to promote media skills for street involved youth in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver and informally mentors many filmmakers and digital artists who she meets on her travels.

Amanda Tapping


Amanda Tapping enjoys a fulfilling career in television, having spent 12 seasons on Stargate: SG-1 and its spinoff Stargate: Atlantis as Air Force Colonel Samantha Carter.  She has now taken on the lead role of Dr. Helen Magnus on the television series Sanctuary; a project she has been nurturing from its inception on the internet.  Tapping has come to secure a strong and direct influence on her projects from behind the lens.  Now Executive Producer of Sanctuary, she also sat in the director’s chair for a season two episode. She previously directed an episode of Stargate: SG-1 ("Resurrection") in 2004, which garnered her a Leo Award nomination for Best Director.  Tapping has also earned four Leo Awards for Best Actress, has been nominated for two Gemini Awards and four Saturn Awards and won the 2005 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress.  Amanda’s love of comedy lead her to co-found the all female Canadian comedy troupe, Random Acts. Her work in the short film Breakdown earned her a Canadian Comedy Award in 2007.  She continues to advocate mentorship and improvement in the arts world through a number of professional organizations including WIFTV and their “Flash Forward” program; WIFTV honoured this year with their “Woman of Vision” award.  Tapping has had the pleasure of supporting various charities and organizations such as The Coast Foundation, a support agency for people with mental disabilities, The Canadian Cancer Society, UNICEF, The Waterkeepers Alliance and V-Day by performing in “The Vagina Monologues” to help end violence against women and girls worldwide.  Amanda, who is a strong advocate for the often unheard “little voices,” is currently launching a new charitable foundation, “Sanctuary for Kids,” to support both local and global children’s charities.